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. >> making news in america this morning another cabinet member under scrutiny for taking private jets. hear where he's accused of going on tax payer money as another secretary agrees to pay for his travel expenses. >> another dangerous rock slide at yosemite. the racks slamming into a vehicle filled with tourists. >> also this morning a mother left with a choice get her child vaks nated or face jail time. >> new details on the death of hugh hefner why his wife might not be getting any of his funds.
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>> good morning to you all. a fourth member of president trump's cabinet is under scrutiny for high priced travel. >> this time it's interior secretary ryan zinke accused of using private plans and military jets that cost tax payers $12,000. lana zak joins us from washington d.c. >> good morning. president trump says he's not happy with reports that some of his cabinet secretaries are spending excess amounts of tax payer funds on private jets. now the house oversight committee is demanding answers asking all 24 agencies to account for travel since inauguration. >> reporter: this morning health and human secretary tom price's job is on the line. the president on msnbc made no defense after a string of health care reform defeats. price is adding a new embarrassment to the white house
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excessive luxury flights at the expense of the american tax payer. last night price tried to defend his flights on fox news. >> my respect for the tax payer is as strong as it can be. there will be no private air charters going forward. >> reporter: even calling for an investigation of his own controversy. >> i called for an internal review. >> reporter: tax payers spent more than $400,000 on those flights now following the public outrage price said he'll reimburse the cost of his own seat around $51,000. it's not just price. treasury secretary steve mitch was the first cabinet member to be called out for taking costly government jets like to kentucky with his wife where they viewed the eclipse. scott pruitt is facing questions about $58,000 worth of chartered pligts and government planes. now ryan zinke is being added to the list for rye vat flights he
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took to his hometown. respect senator chuck grassley said he plans to hold the white house responsible asking the president to detail what steps the administration has taken to insure cabinet secretaries use fiscally responsible travel. >> now adding to secretary price's travel woes politic co is reporting an additional half million in military flights internationally. that's not necessarily wrong, but he now has to defend spending more than $1 million of tax payer funds to those investigators. >> thanks lana. >> in the meantime the white house has reportedly launched an internal investigation into the use of private e-mail by top officials in the administration. politic co reports jared kushner and ivanka trump's use of private e-mails for government businesses are the focus of interest. a spokesperson did not respond to our request for comment.
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>> president trump is calling the tax reform plan a once in a general operation opportunity insisting the middle class not wealthy will benefit. he said rich americans like himself would pay more under his plan. the president hasn't released recent tax returns but using his 2005 return and the bloomberg estimate of his wealth the "new york times" said the proposed plan could save the trump family more than 1 bds. >> hundreds of people arrested and no immigration rates targeting so called sanctuary city. ice agents arrested innerly 400 people and nearly 200 in california. most of those arrested had criminal convictions. >> an army general headed to puerto rico along with several thousand more troops to boost hurricane relief effort. containers full of supplies sitting in port because of a
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shortage of truck drivers and gas. we'll show you some of the most remote areas of the island. >> reporter: days after hurricane maria barrelled across puerto rico food and water growing scarce in this town almost everyone lost all or part of their homes now isolated. the bridge connecting it to other towns washed out. residents doing all they can to survive until help arrives. this woman saying one person makes food one day and another the next day. on this island people hanging by a thread no power or running water. >> every line you stand in by the time you get up there there's nothing left. >> reporter: the hospital so badly damaged a try age of tents set up outside. images like these thousands of commercial shipping containers filled with food medicine and construction equipment sitting in the port of san juan raising
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questions about how quickly supplies are being distributed. at the heart of the problem few trucks and drivers little fuel and more communication. one law maker there calling the federal response a disaster. the white house pushing back. >> the relief effort is under control. it is proceeding very well considering the devastation that took place. >> reporter: for more than 3 million people who call the island home any relief can't come soon enough. abc news new york. >> now let's take a look at your weather for this friday morning. plenty of rain across texas today. the heaviest in the south central part of the state. some areas will see up to 3 inches. parts of new mexico will see heavy rain. after days of summer temperatures fall arrives in the
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northeast. boston 64. it will be in the 60s around the great lakes and denver. still summer like in phoenix. warm in l.a. cooler in the northwest. >> congressman steve scalise is revealing the ex stent of his injuries after that sooting a few weeks ago. he returned to work for the first time after the june attack. he was greeted with the standing ovation. >> he said his femur was statered, but thursday he was happy to be back on the job. >> you have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house. i'm definitely a living example that miracles happy. >> scalise thanked the heros who helped to save his life. he compared himself to humty
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dumbty because he said he had to be put back together. >> still aye heed the biggest used car retailer in the country is accused of selling vehicles. how car max is responding. >> hear how a group of climbers cheated death. >> a player carted off t ok, let's try this. it says you apply the blue one to me.
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president obama attending the tournament. >> now to the national anthem controversy in the nfl. one player for the tennessee titans revealed his family is getting death threats over the issue. in the meantime at last nights game both teams linking arms before and after the national anthem. critics say president trump added fuel photo controversy. >> we are in a situation where we have to do something. i think they're afraid of their players. i think it's disgraceful. >> the white house clarified saying the owners were afraid of conflict not the players themselves. >> a really rough one from last night's game to show you. da von they adams of the packers suffered a violent hit to the
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head, helmet on helmet hit. he was taken off the field on a stretcher. he gave the thumbs up. he's in the hospital now. >> back in washington a u.s. senator is criticizing twitter accusing the company of ignoring evidence of fake russian accounts. win company spent at least $274,000 on adds in swing states. senator mark warner state twitter's briefing to congress was very disappointing and only raises more questions. this morning car max the country's largest seller of used cars responding to a new report claiming the company is selling unsave cars. interest scwhrienchts customers before any purchase.
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dropped kill ago british climber. >> another massive rock slide at yosemite. huge chunk fell off. so sad. >> reporter: witnesses say the second rock fall was ten times bigger than the first. one man was injured after a rock crashed through the sun roof of his suv as he drive through the park with his family. >> something came through our sun roof. we didn't know what had happened. it shattered and the dust just pouring in. >> glass went flying. >> we were trying to out run it. we were like go. >> reporter: the park released theds pictures overnight showing the massive chunk left behind. >> we cheated death. >> reporter: these climbers said they moved past the piece that fell just moments before it came crashing down. you can see the dust and debris.
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>> it's past this below, right into the river. absolutely unbelievable. we couldn't see it. we are all safe thanks be to god. >> so much dust there it looks like smoke. one of the park's exit routes has been closed. experts say it was caused by the granite becoming brittle after cooling down from the summer heat. >> a mother in detroit is facing jail time after refusing to get her son vaccinated. she has been locked in a legal battle with her husband because of this issue. she said after hitting the books she decided not vaks nating was the way to go. >> i would rather sit behind bars for standing up for what i believe in than giving in to something i strongly don't believe in. i believe in the choice of the parent to make the right decision based on their
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knowledge of vaccines. >> the other parent her ex-husband doesn't agree with the position and a judge agrees. she has one week to get her son vaccinated or get thrown behind bars. >> health officials sounding an early alarm over this year's flu season. they're saying a strain spreading across australia now into the u.s. they're recommending getting the injectable vaccine not nasal spray. friends and co leagues rallying around ak stress julia louis-dreyfus after she announced she has breast cancer. one day after winning her emmy award julia louis-dreyfus learned about the diagnosis. joe biden tweeted we veeps stick together. we're with you julia. lots of celebrities came out offering support.
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will. the fortune will be split among his children, the university of california and a list of charities. halloween just a few weeks away. we already have a lawsuit that some are calling bananas. >> the puns. >> the company over in new jersey file ago lawsuit over its banana suit. the company says k mart is ripping off its banana costume. >> the lawsuit claims for nine years k mart bought the costumes from them. this year the companies were unable to make a deal. so far k mart isn't commenting. hole wean is big business for retailers. americans are expected to spend more than $9 billion on halloween related teps. if it goes to court this banana suit might end being a split decision. >> you tried really hard. >> i tried to get there. or it's an appealing lawsuit.
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>> i was going to say you could understand the appeal of the lawsuit. >> next one little boy clearly isn't happy that toys 'r us filed for bankruptcy. his name is andrew. >> check out andrews handwritten letter to the judge overseeing the case. he claims the closing of toys 'r us would be quote bad for kids. >> one of his reasons is like kids like that there is a store just for them. the 9-year-old also sums up his case saying the judge should not let the stores close because it will make kids very unhappy. >> from bikes to games and video games it's the biggest toy store there is. >> we grow up. >> reluctantly. >> natalee is a news anchor is new york city. something major happened to her while on air. listen to the giggle that
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>> coming up on "action news," shots are fired along a main thoroughfare in phoenixville. "action news" travels to puerto rico for a look at conditions on the ground. whole foods becomes the latest company to deal with a data breach. it's feeling like fall, have you stepped outside yet? accuweather has the word on the weekend forecast and if the trend holds next week. plus, traffic next on "action news." mexico. still summer like across much of the southeast. >> finally from us after a long
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week of serious news we have some late night comics taking on the headlines of week. >> here now your friday funnies. >> everyone is talking about donald trump and the nfl. are you ready for some racial tension? >> you have the eagles against the giants, you have the patriots against texans and you have the president against everyone. >> dude, you're going after the nfl. that's the most conservative league in sports. their owners donated millions to your campaign. that would be like trying to fire the attorney general even though that's the most conservative guy in the world who was your first supporter. you've did that too. >> he's got a list like santa who haven't i got to yet? who have i not alienated yet?
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well there's one child. >> susan collins a senator from maine said she would not support graham cassidy which means this bill is almost certainly dead or at least it's on life support which isn't covered. >> we shouldn't get too happy. this isn't the first time we've been told that it's dead. it might be really sick, but it keeps surviving. you know what it's like? it's almost as if the republican health bill also has obamacare. you should be dead by now. i have very good health care. if i had myself i would belong gone. >> at this time the points at the cbo must be so tired of analyzing health care bills they're just free balling it. what? a new bill? let me run the numbers. yeah everybody dies. >> who knew health care could be so funny. >> next week we'll have tax
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>> good morning everyone, it is 4:30 a.m., friday, september 29. we're following breaking news, gunfire erupts on a main street of a normally quiet chester county town second a person to the hospital. >> president trump clears the way for more supplies to go to puerto rico. an i image on a flag in montgomery county is deemed unconstitutional. it feels like fall. >> reporter: as soon as you step outside it will feel different. we have maria off the coast


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